“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 ESV
I often find myself scrolling through Instagram, comparing myself to other women, thinking, I wish I had her body! or, why can’t I be as pretty as she is? As expected, this negativity can really start to control the way I view myself. The truth is those are not the comparisons I should be making. Instead, I should be comparing myself to Christ.
Proverbs 31 paints the virtues and characteristics of a godly wife. Although some of you may not be wives, I believe we can all take this verse to heart and strive to model that picture. So what does “fear” in this sense mean? It doesn’t mean we are afraid of God. Fearing the Lord means having the utmost respect for our Creator; we are so in awe of His greatness that we no longer flee from Him, running towards sin. Instead, we cling to God knowing He will forgive and extend grace to us daily.
There will always be someone prettier, with better hair or cheekbones, but a woman who has the fear of the Lord in her is to be exalted. That is true beauty.
My prayer is that we stop comparing our outer beauty to other women and start comparing our inner beauty to Christ. Let’s rest in knowing we are His—sin no longer has a toll on us.
Heavenly Father, help me to know materialistic things will never satisfy my deepest longings, only You will. Put the fear of You in me, and help me to strive to be a godly woman daily.
What does it mean to be a godly woman who has the fear of the Lord? Go back to Proverbs 31 and write down the characteristics it portrays. How can you strive to be more like those?
Raegan is wife to an amazing man of God. Oklahoma born and bred. Her mission in life is to spread the Gospel and tell people of her Savior's undying love. Visit Raegan at her blog Delighted In Him.